Growing up I remember certain times of the day specific children would leave our classroom. It was never talked about where the children were going we all knew they would be back before lunch time. Being a child some understand that a child speaks funny/different or that it takes awhile for him/her to finish his/her school work. But how does that child feel about being know as being “different”? Leaving the classroom for speech therapy or cognitive therapy. Children’s feelings are pure and we as speech therapists don’t want the children that we see feel singled out in any way.

Speech therapy in schools now is so much more different from 10-30 years ago. Some of the therapy is classroom therapy. Since almost all of a class needs to be seen for specific language development. Some children are seen one on one in the classroom as an aid to help the teacher understand how to present certain subjects to the speech children. Also, arranging the classroom in special ways aid many children who have not even been diagnosed with a speech/language challenge. That is a another important aspect of speech therapists in the classroom.

There is one on one and group “pull out speech therapy”. This therapy room is usually known as the “speech room”. How you present this room in your school is very imporant. It will make or break a child’s decision to go into it or not.

So thank you for all those families who made the great decision to have their child in “speech therapy in schools”. One more child in speech therapy in schools gives another child the comfort level that he/she needs to attend “speech therapy in school.”

By yanam49

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